It wouldn’t be a Grand Final without Maffra.

The Eagles had both junior football teams represented in the Gippsland League decider, and both duly walked away with premierships.

Both were also underdogs as well.

The thirds won the flag coming from fourth on the home-and-away ladder, and after only surviving the second week of finals following a nerve-killing two-point.

The Eagles tossed Traralgon out in straight sets in the preliminary final, setting up a Grand Final showdown against Warragul.

With Maffra and Warragul both struggling at senior level this season, a number of players from either side went into the thirds Grand Final with senior experience.

There was also a strong amount of Gippsland Power and even Vic Country experience in both camps, making for a high-standard game.

The Gulls appeared to have the ascendency in the first half, and certainly had a few ‘big boys’ in their team belying their age, including one player who already had half his leg covered in tatts.

Maffra however made their move in the third quarter, kicking two goals while keeping Warragul scoreless, and went on to win from there 7.10 (52) to 6.2 (38).

Zach Felsbourg led from the front in a best-on-ground display.

Highlighting how much the dynamics can change in a junior final, Felsbourg had played the majority of this year with Gippsland Power (15 games), and only five for Maffra in the thirds (as well as nine senior games for the Eagles).

Not surprisingly, the Eagles’ other Gippsland Power players in Jett Killoran and Max Stobie were also prominent in the Grand Final, along with Ashton Wright, Jonathan Boyd and Noah Christy – all who played multiple senior games for Maffra this season.

Warragul ruckman Lachlan Smith – a Vic Country representative, was best for the losers.

Maffra won the fourths premiership after defeating Traralgon. Photos: Liam Durkin

Maffra completed a similarly rapid rise to win the fourths Grand Final.

The Eagles came via the preliminary final, and then beat Traralgon 11.5 (71) to 4.7 (31) in the decider.

It was a shattering end for the Maroons, who hadn’t lost a game all year.

Maffra’s Tom Phillips won the best-on-ground medal, as the Eagles completed back-to-back fourths premierships.

While Maffra had an almost unrecognisably poor season in the seniors this year (four wins), the success of the juniors could indicate the Eagles won’t be down for too much longer.

As well as the thirds and fourths, Maffra had two under 15 teams make the Grand Final in the Sale District Junior Football Association, not to mention just down the road in Heyfield, the Kangaroos won the North Gippsland Football-Netball League thirds premiership and made a senior preliminary final with a team of under 21’s.

There must be something in the water around Maffra.

Maffra senior coach Anthony Robbins was there on Saturday, although kept some distance from the main on-ground celebrations as the thirds embraced friends and family.

That might have been because he was already looking ahead.

If body language is any indication, the Eagles’ head coach is quietly confident about the future.

Great, another 20 years of Maffra dominating coming up.